Paddy Dolan is a sociologist at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. He is co-editor of the European Journal for Sport and Society (Routledge), editorial board member and book review editor of Human Figurations and serves on the editorial board of Sociological Research Online. Dr Dolan's research interests include figurational sociology, sport, childhood, emotions and national and cosmopolitan identities. His work with Dr John Connolly (Dublin City University) on Gaelic games and the Gaelic Athletic Association has been widely published. He co-edited (with Katie Liston) Sport, Race and Ethnicity: The Scope of Belonging? (Routledge), and his work has been published in Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, Sport in Society, International Journal of the History of Sport, Organization and Media, Culture & Society amongst others. John Connolly is a senior lecturer at Dublin City University, Ireland. His research interests include the sociology of sport, organisational change and advertising. Along with Dr Paddy Dolan (Dublin Institute of Technology) he has published extensively on various aspects of Gaelic games and the Gaelic Athletic Association. His most recent work has examined the subject of doping in professional cycling. He is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal for Sport and Society. His work on the sociology of sport has been published in leading journals, such as Sociology, Organization, Current Sociology, Sport in Society and Media, Culture & Society in addition to many others.
The book is a useful addition to contemporary literature on the role of national identity in sport and will become a useful resource for anybody seeking to gain a better understanding of the issue. Mark Orton, De Montfort University, UK